Helix-Medlantic venture gets a president Schmitt is given top post at BWHealth

August 07, 1996|By Abbe Gluck | Abbe Gluck,SUN STAFF

A California health care executive yesterday was tapped to head a joint venture between Helix Health and Medlantic Healthcare Group.

George H. Schmitt, 56, was named president and chief executive officer of BWHealth, the joint venture produced by the companies' alliance last year, and charged with developing their health care business in the lucrative Baltimore- Washington corridor.

Schmitt will "work across the two systems to create a coalition of effort in cost cutting," said James A. Oakey, president and chief executive officer of Baltimore-based Helix.

In addition to cost control, Schmitt said he is intent on "building an organization that can move into the new managed-care market."

And that translates into negotiating contracts with managed-care companies and putting together a network of the doctors affiliated with Helix and Medlantic, Schmitt said, calling physicians "the key to any proper responsive network."

In 1993, Schmitt was named chief financial officer and senior vice president for operations of the California Healthcare System, a four-hospital system in San Francisco. In January, when CHS merged with Sutter, a Northern California health care organization, he was named regional vice president of administration and operations.

Prior to that, he served as president and chief executive for three Pennsylvania companies in the health care industry.

Schmitt and his 12 employees will be based in Columbia -- the center of the Baltimore-Washington corridor -- in the Woodmere I office complex on Broken Land Parkway. He will move to Columbia on Sept. 1.

Helix Health, which runs five health care campuses, specializes in community-based hospitals. Medlantic primarily runs advanced surgery and trauma centers in the Washington region. Medlantic, which is based in Washington, also runs the Washington Hospital Center.

Helix and Medlantic together generate $1.2 billion in operating revenue each year and represent more than 4,100 affiliated doctors.

Pub Date: 8/07/96

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